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John K. "Jack" Carmichael papers

Identifier: MSS-227

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the correspondence, and diaries of John K. Carmichael, Jr., documenting his careers in the Air Force, education, politics and Ball Corporation as well as his involvement in religious and social organizations. Also included are scrapbooks documenting his time as Administrative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Ralph Harvey and Delaware County Clerk from 1958-1966, and his educational career from elementary school through college. P.074 includes photographs of his military career and other photographs of Muncie, Indiana.


  • Creation: 1892 - 2007

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Biographical Note

John K. "Jack" Carmichael, Jr. was born July 3, 1930 in Muncie, Indiana. He graduated from Muncie Central High School and then Indiana University in 1958 with an A.B. degree in government. Carmichael enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and was honorably discharged in 1954 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He taught social studies at Farmland High School (Monroe Central High School) from 1958–1961. Carmichael began his career in politics as the Administrative Assistant to Congressman Ralph Harvey, of the Tenth District of Indiana, serving 1958-1966. Carmichael also served as Delaware County Clerk from 1968-1971 and as a political advisor to Ball Corporation.

Socially he maintained membership in many organizations including Sons of the American Revolution, Kiwanis Club, Barons of Magna Charta and others. Carmichael was also active in the religious sector with activities such as the Gateway Center and the Billy Graham Crusade.


4.2 Cubic Feet (7 boxes)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Carmichael, John K. "Jack" Air Force military records, 1951-1979

Series 2: Carmichael, John K. "Jack" church records, 1935-2001

Series 3: Carmichael, John K. "Jack" correspondence, 1943-1960s

Series 4: Carmichael, John K. "Jack" diaries, 1951-1955

Series 5: Carmichael, John K. "Jack" education, 1946-1969

Series 6: Carmichael, John K. "Jack" politics, 1960-1972

Series 7: Carmichael, John K. "Jack" organizations, 1972-2002

Series 8: Carmichael, John K. "Jack" Sons of the American Revolution documents, 1924-2002

Series 9: Carmichael, John K. "Jack" yearbooks, 1948-1960

Series 10: Carmichael, John K. "Jack" congressional directories, 1961-1962

Series 11: Carmichael, John K. "Jack" oversized materials, 1950-1981

Series 12: Carmichael, John K. "Jack" artifacts, 1965-1966

Series 13: Carmichael, John K. "Jack" scrapbooks, 1936-1969

Series 14: P.074 Carmichael, John K. "Jack" photographs, 1906-1996

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from John K. Carmichael, Jr. on 2001/10/17. Additions were received in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2011.


Additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie IN:

MSS.194: Sons of the American Revolution Continental Chapter records, 1965-2006

MSS.199: Kiwanis Club of Muncie records, 1950-2005

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2003/6/10 by M.Whisler. Finding aid created 2003/6/10 by M.Whisler. Finding aid revised 2007/11/21 by R. Miller. Finding aid revised 2010/01/19 by Jennifer Morill. EAD finding aid completed 2009/01/21 by Maren L. Read. Finding aid revised 2011/02/11 by Bethany Fiechter. Finding aid revised 2011/07/20 by Bethany Fiechter.

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Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA